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Old 25th September 2011, 08:44 PM
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I have added some more pictures to my flickr account. The front end is assembled and looking nice. Notice the way I am using string instead of springs to save weight lol!
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Old 28th September 2011, 08:26 PM
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I have spent a little more time on my build and broke my first bit! I was tightening a bolt on a brake pad carrier and it snapped off. This mean't I had to go to AK Automotive (MX5 specialists) in Rowlands Gill for a new one. The fantastic thing is he tried to remove the broken bolt but it was well and truly stuck so he gave me a new one!! FREE. He also gave me 4 space saver wheels FREE of charge so that I can get it rolling! (on the understanding that I wont take them back to him as he has been trying to get rid of them for a while). All I need to do is get my mate to push me down the street and I will have a two seater go kart!!
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Build cost.... seems to be spending more on tools than car bits at the moment! (they will be handy in the future though).
Car iva'd and passed 15/08/2014. Finished weight 572kg.
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Old 5th October 2011, 11:35 PM
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Ive just spent the best part of the evening trying to drill out the top of my rear uprights with a 12 mm hole. If I manage to finally get through without killing my new bench drill it will be a miracle. Once this is done my chassis will be rolling!

All the bits I thought would be easy turn out to be hard work and the bits you think will be hard are easy! AGHH
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Saturn MX5 Based Chassis, Limited Slip Diff & 2.4 Quick Rack.

Build cost.... seems to be spending more on tools than car bits at the moment! (they will be handy in the future though).
Car iva'd and passed 15/08/2014. Finished weight 572kg.
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Old 6th October 2011, 08:29 AM
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Looking good David!
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Old 6th October 2011, 07:39 PM
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Ive just spent the best part of the evening trying to drill out the top of my rear uprights with a 12 mm hole. If I manage to finally get through without killing my new bench drill it will be a miracle. Once this is done my chassis will be rolling!

All the bits I thought would be easy turn out to be hard work and the bits you think will be hard are easy! AGHH
Not trying to teach you how to suck eggs, but if the drill is sharp, the speed is correct and its in a pillar drill a 12mm hole would take about a minute! even with no pilot hole

Good drills are worth their weight in gold if you are using cheapies by the way
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Old 6th October 2011, 08:49 PM
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thanks for the advice. I managed to get through eventually. Probably a mix of cheap drill and drill bit.

i now have my rear end assembled and two wheels on (well space savers)

I have put some more pics on my flickr acct.

Tomorrow as long as it doesn't rain I will push it out of the garge for the first time!!!
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Car iva'd and passed 15/08/2014. Finished weight 572kg.
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Old 7th October 2011, 01:05 PM
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Its great when its on wheels and you can push it out of the garage and get some space back!
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Old 17th October 2011, 09:37 PM
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Default My arm now feels like it is going to drop off!

Just had a very productive night in the garage. Apart from it being freezing and windy I managed to cut the 5mm plate (with a hacksaw - i'm far too soft to use an angle grinder lol) for the gearbox mount and part of the 3mm plate for the handbrake (pictures on my Flickr link below)

Does anyone know how to post pictures into the message??
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Saturn MX5 Based Chassis, Limited Slip Diff & 2.4 Quick Rack.

Build cost.... seems to be spending more on tools than car bits at the moment! (they will be handy in the future though).
Car iva'd and passed 15/08/2014. Finished weight 572kg.
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Old 3rd November 2011, 05:22 PM
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Something like this is what you need. With plenty of WD40 and a slow drill speed. Cheap drill bits are made of cheese!

http://www.screwfix.com/p/dewalt-12m...rill-bit/31989

Liking the nice clean garage and build up photos.
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Old 3rd November 2011, 08:40 PM
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Dorma bits are really good too, they stay sharp forever, even with abuse, they are expensive but can be bought as single bits in the sizes you need for a few quid each.
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